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Flights from Alice Springs (ASP) to Cairns (CNS)

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Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, or POLi. A fee applies for other payments. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. We will do our best to get you where you want to be on time, but we don’t guarantee flight times or schedules and they aren’t part of our contract with you.

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Alice Springs (ASP) to Cairns (CNS)

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Visiting Cairns

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Alice Springs to Cairns travel information

If your next escape is all about golden sun, resort living and unforgettable tours, this buzzing tropical paradise is for you. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest and everything in between, laidback Cairns is in the heart of a region everyone should tick off the bucket list. 

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When to visit

Best time to visit Cairns

A laid-back tourist town and gateway to Far North Queensland, Cairns (pronounced ‘cans’) experiences hot summers, mild winters and two very distinct seasons – wet and dry. It’s warm all year round and even during the wet season, Cairns is all about boardshorts, snorkelling and the tropical outdoors.

Flight information

Alice Springs to Cairns flight information

The approximate flight time for direct flights from Alice Springs to Cairns is 6 hours 20 minutes.

Departure information

Fly Alice Springs to Cairns

Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Alice Springs to Cairns, there are a few things you should know so you’re prepared for your upcoming trip. 

What is the main airport called?

Alice Springs Airport. Alice Springs AirportOpens external site in a new window (ASP) is located 15 km (9 miles) south of the town centre. It's the heart of Central Australia with natural highlights to explore.

Baggage allowance

Passengers are allocated checked baggage when flying from Alice Springs to Cairns and extra luggage can be purchased online prior departure.

Checking in

Passengers travelling from Alice Springs to Cairns can check-in online up to 24 hours in advance or check- in at the terminal using a kiosk or desk.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Cairns Airport. Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns AirportOpens external site in a new window (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport (Qantas flights QF1-QF399) and Terminal 2 - domestic airport (Qantas flights QF400 and above). 

Arriving in Cairns

Once greeted by the friendly staff at Cairns Airport, there are several different transport options available to get you on your way.

Getting into Cairns from Cairns Airport

Airport Connect is a public transport link that gets you to the Cairns city centre or the northern Beaches. Taxis, hire cars, buses, transfers or the Sun Palm Bus are available to book from the terminal.

Getting around Cairns

Walking is a great way to see the Cairns CBD and when you are ready to explore the surrounding areas, hiring a car or taking the local public transport are other great options to explore Cairns.

Why Qantas

The benefits of flying Qantas

When you fly from Alice Springs to Cairns with Qantas you’ll experience a great journey with our renowned service, light refreshments and comfortable cabins.

Seamless check-in

With a number of check-in options designed to suit your needs, it’s easy to get your trip to Cairns off to the right start. 

Included baggage

Enjoy peace of mind with baggage included on every Qantas flight. Use our baggage calculator to find out what is included with your Alice Springs to Cairns fare. 

Can I cancel my flight booking from Alice Springs to Cairns due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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 This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.